Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11)

30 questions

Impulsiveness is a personality trait that refers to the tendency to act on impulse or without thinking about the consequences. People who are high in impulsiveness may have difficulty controlling their impulses and may make decisions or take actions without considering the potential risks or negative outcomes. Impulsiveness can manifest in various ways, such as impulsive behavior, impulsive decision-making, and impulsive responses to situations. The Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) is a widely used measure of impulsiveness. It assesses three different dimensions of impulsiveness: non-planning impulsiveness, motor impulsiveness, and attentional impulsiveness. Non-planning impulsiveness refers to the tendency to act impulsively without thinking about the consequences or planning ahead. Motor impulsiveness refers to the tendency to act impulsively on the spur of the moment. Attentional impulsiveness refers to the tendency to be easily distracted and to have difficulty focusing on a task.

What you get:
  • Overall impulsivity score
  • Scores on Attentional impulsivity (inability to focus attention or concentrate), Motor Impulsivity (“acting without thinking”), and Non-planning impulsivity (“lack of future orientation or forethought”)
  • Breakdown of scores into: Attention (“focusing on current tasks”), Cognitive Instability (“intruding thoughts”), Motor impulsiveness (“acting quickly), Perseverance (stable lifestyle), Self-Control (plans and thinks deliberately), and Cognitive Complexity (enjoys mental challenges).
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Patton‚ J. H.‚ Stanford‚ M. S.‚ & Barratt‚ E. S. (1995). Factor structure of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale. Journal of Clinical Psychology‚ 51(6): 768-774.

Disclaimer: These online psychological tests are for your educational use only and do not replace in any way a formal psychiatric evaluation. Remember, for a diagnosis, you need to contact a licensed mental health professional.